CoCreate initiatives awarded Amber funding

Learn about the initiatives that we're supporting through our Amber CoCreate Fund (£2,000). Could your initiative be next? 

Whippersnappers: Choose What We Do Club

What is the idea?

A ‘choosing what we do’ club for families with children who have SEND (Special educational needs and disability). The club offers messy play, arts and crafts, music, Makaton signing, PEC training, storytelling, and parent SEND support and information sessions. 

Why did CoCreate fund this initiative?

To support families who have children with additional needs. The initiative prepares children for school by giving them a strong foundation in speech and language development, encouraging good interactions with their peers, and a fuller understanding of the world around them. Whippersnappers is working with LEAP to better understand the demography of the area.

How is Whippersnappers involving LEAP families?

Whippersnappers is inviting parents/carers and their little ones to taster sessions where they choose from a menu of activities. They can also suggest other activities that are not on the list.

Whippersnappers: Choose What We Do Club

Young Titans: Tiny Titans

What is the idea?

To inspire and educate toddlers on the natural world, history and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) play. Their Tiny Titans workshops are for toddlers (aged 1-3) and their dads. Tiny Titans supports them to imagine, create and inspire, using mark making, sensory play and problem-solving activities. 

Why did CoCreate fund this initiative?

Young Titans are using these sessions to celebrate familes from all cultures in our LEAP community. They are also providing a space for dads to support their children's development.

How is Young Titans involving LEAP families?

They have been involving parents from the very start — actively gathering feedback to shape the initiative as it evolves. They have also been enlisting support from LEAP's Parent Champions, who engage with families in the community.

Young Titans: Tiny Titans

Healthy Living Platform: Healthy Home Cooking Course

What is the idea?

A culturally diverse, healthy eating cookery course — produced and run together with local families. The 6-week course will be for 10 families with children aged 0-4. Led by a cookery facilitator from the community with a background in nutrition. 

Why did CoCreate fund this initiative?

To support parents in making healthy meal choices. The course will help them to develop a nutritious, vegetarian version of a dish from their culture and/or home country or one of their family favourites. And participants will be able to share knowldge about each other's cultures and cuisines.

How is HLP involving LEAP families?

The HLP facilitator is co-producing the sessions with the participating parents/carers. Each participant receives support in developing a nutritious, vegetarian version of a dish from their culture and/or home country, or one of their family favourites.

Healthy Living Platform: Healthy Home Cooking Course

Watusi: Everyone Can Dance

What is the idea?

Children and adults (from the youngest to the oldest) come together to sing and dance to different styles — including world music, rhythm and story-telling.

Why did CoCreate fund this initiative?

Older participants can benefit greatly from interaction with small children. It helps their wellbeing. Small children and their parents benefit from meeting new people of different ages. Kids and retirees both enjoy sharing different experiences and heritage as well as singing, dancing and storytelling. 

How is Watusi involving LEAP families?

Watusi Dance Company is working with our partners to connect with families in the LEAP area. Its sessions will evolve through interacting with parents, grandparents, retirees and carers.

Watusi: Everyone Can Dance

Get in touch

Are you interested in applying for the 2022 round of funding? Please contact Davina Belcher: dbelcher@ncb.or.uk

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